What can you say in Six Sentences?

Writing is like any exercise, the more you do it, the better you seem to get at it.

I came across a brilliant site recently that is ideal for exercising your Creative Muse. It’s called Six Sentences and takes submissions, posting the best, of short pieces written, well, in Six Sentences.

They also have an excellent Ning community site.

In the Blue Peter tradition, here’s one I submitted earlier – The Power of Six

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If you want a real challenge, take the Word of the Day from Dictionary.com and use it as a seed to generate your Six Sentences

The Bookwright is now an iMindMap Master Trainer

mastertrainerlogo_175Those of you who have been on my workshops and taken the Home Study Course know I use Mind Maps extensively.

Recently I have converted to iMindMap version 3 as, in my opinion, it is the only software product that truly allows you to easily map your mind – as opposed to merely mapping the cognitive brain. The difference is subtle and easily missed.

I am pleased to announce that I have qualified this week as a Licensed Instructor and Master Trainer for iMindMap. I am also setting up a service to develop and deliver on-line e-learning courses using the new user-interactive ELC facility.

If you want to experience the power of this deceptively simple software tool, here’s your options:

1. Download a free trial today from here

2. Experience it in a practical context by downloading the Unleash the Book Inside Home Study Course

3. Come along to the next Unleash the Book Inside Workshop – all attendees will get a free set of Mind Map templates to help them brainstorm and manage their book from creation to publication – and you will not only experience Whole Brain Thinking but also Whole Mind Thinking

4. Come to one of the iMindMap end user courses or even train to be a Licensed Instructor yourself – see the 2009 workshop schedule here

Integrating Mind Maps in Personal Timelines

Each of us operates in a three dimensional world. Our sense of up and down, backwards and forwards and left and right is embedded deep in our neurology and something we share with most of the animal kingdom. In evolutionary terms.

This sense must have evolved millions of years ago, probably in sea life that had more need for a 3-D map of the world than us land based creatures.

With the appearance of our conscious minds and our self awareness, a sense of time emerged that was not just linked to the diurnal rising of the Sun and Moon or the seasons. It’s probable that this facility is just a million or so years old. The fact that ancient astronomers could make amazing forward predictions like predicting the precession of the equinoxes means that is must have been fairly advanced by the time we came down from the trees. It’s possible that homo sapiens is alone in having this facility but perhaps a sense of the future, and the past, is something we share with elephants and cetaceans. This is a sense of time not to be confused with your dog simply wanting to go for a walk.

TimelinesWe not only have this sense of time but it appears we map it into our spatial dimensions. If you close your eyes and imagine where your past is, you are likely to say either behind or to the left of you. Or somewhere between, perhaps pointing downwards or upwards too or even in a three dimensional cone. Likewise, most people say that their future is to the front or right of them. Note that other strange spiral or reversed timelines also crop up.

Several therapeutic regression techniques make use of this phenomenon. You can take a person back into their past to help clear current emotional issues relating to past experiences. Psychological trauma also occurs while in the womb. If the therapist is so trained, regression also doesn’t even have to be limited solely to this lifetime.

Likewise, you can take a client into the future, get them to anchor the feeling of achieving a goal or success and then bring them back to the present. This seems to somehow entangle the present with the future and help people reach said goal. Amazing transformations can be made by a skilled practitioner using these techniques.

In our writing workshop and home study course, we make use of the tendency of the brain to encode time into our spatial awareness when constructing any time-based mind maps.

For example, when an author needs to change their schedule to generate time (or is it space?) to write, we find it useful to put the goals and change in behaviour into the position on the map corresponding with their future and past as seen in their personal timeline.

Using our visualisation techniques, the resulting map seems to embed itself into not only the memory, as all maps do, but into the neurology actually encouraging the behavioural change necessary to generate quality writing time.

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Other map layouts suit other time based activities. For example, if you are project planning a sequence of milestones, where there is no real emotional context, a clock face map seems easy to commit to memory.

For details of our writing workshops and home study courses, click here

The Magic Sunglasses

frontdropshadow_225I’m proud and privileged to have been working recently with a new children’s author on her web presence and marketing strategy.

Angela Buck, writing under the nom de plume of Auriel Blanche, has just published a marvellous children’s book called the Magic Sunglasses.

It’s a wonderful, uplifting and empowering concept aimed at the 7 to 10 year old age range.

Have a look at the site here and why not take Auriel up on her offer to send you a signed copy with your personal message with free postage and packing until the end of the year.

It will make a really special and treasured Christmas present.

Go to www.themagicsunglasses.com to find out more …

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